New York, NY – March 24, 2017 – The American Thoracic Society is relieved the House of Representatives paused in their consideration of legislation repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. While not without flaws, the Affordable Care Act has been effective in expanding health insurance coverage to millions of American families. The expansion of health insurance coverage has improved the health and economic security of many Americans and has had a positive impact on health care facilities across the nation. The legislation being considered by the House would have moved backwards by dramatically increasing the number of uninsured Americans, likely led to significant price increases for many Americans, particularly elderly and rural Americans and may have destabilized the insurance markets.
We hope the legislative pause will allow members in both parties to find common ground to evaluate what works in the Affordable Care Act and address needed areas of improvement. The ATS looks forward to working with members in both parties to improve health care for all Americans.